Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) partners with ArtWorks, a Greater Cincinnati nonprofit that transforms people and places with creative works of art, to create two larger murals than nature in the new Consolidated Airport Car Rental Center which will open this fall.
The new car rental facility and customer service building will provide a more connected and seamless passenger experience as well as a new gateway to the airport terminal. The new facility represents a $ 175 million investment from CVG, and construction remains on track for a timely opening this fall. For many visitors to the new facility, these works of art will be among the first images they see and convey the strong public artistic heritage of the Cincinnati area.
“The public nature of our new facility is a great opportunity to showcase the unique assets of the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky community, which includes our strong artistry,” said Candace McGraw, CEO of CVG. “These two works of art will build on the sense of belonging we have created in our facilities to welcome visitors to the region and local travelers to their homes.”
Prior to the opening, two artists will plan and design the murals for the first and third floors of the installation. The project will employ up to 16 young apprentices, who will execute the design under the mentorship of six professional teaching artists. The murals will convey the themes of movement, flight and transportation while promoting what the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky area has to offer.
“Employing local artists to create murals for CVG is a dream come true for ArtWorks,” said Colleen Houston, CEO and Artistic Director of ArtWorks. “This space is vital and constitutes the first impression of visitors to our region. We are delighted that this large-scale art will enhance this travel experience, strengthen civic pride and showcase the creativity of our community. “
Artists for the CVG project:
• Adrienne gaither, an abstract visual artist from Cincinnati, now based in Washington, DC, will be the artist to design the app on the first floor wall. Gaither’s abstract nature will complement the aesthetic of angles and shapes taking shape in space. Wall application begins at the end of July and ends around mid-September.
“Art is inspirational and having access to art changes your perspective,” Gaither said. “I am honored to have a job at the airport from home. It was my dream, and now I’m living it.
• Christian dallas, a contemporary painter and muralist from Northern Kentucky, will be the artist to design the application on the third floor wall. Dallas’ contemporary style will draw on themes of movement and flight – highlighting CVG’s role in air travel in connecting the Cincinnati area to the world. The wall application begins in early September and ends around the end of October.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to make my mark in this region that has meant so much to me,” said Dallas. “I look forward to once again leading Artworks Apprentices to create such an important work of art. “
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